Iran protesters chant ‘Death to France’ over cartoon

Iranian students tear an Israeli flag during a protest against the printing of satirical sketches of the Prophet Mohammed by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, January 19, 2015 outside the French embassy in Tehran. (AFP/ATTA KENARE)

More than 2,000 Iranians protested Monday outside the French embassy in Tehran, chanting “Death to France” and urging the ambassador be expelled because of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad…

…Iran denounced the Paris massacre but it also condemned the magazine’s new cartoon, where the prophet holds a “Je suis Charlie” sign under the heading “All is forgiven.”

Plans for Monday’s protest led the French ambassador to announce that the embassy, located in busy downtown Tehran, would be closed all day.

The gathering, organized by students but attended by all age groups, was given a heavy security detail of around 150 Iranian police, and although noisy it passed off peacefully after two hours…